Pakistan have taken firm control against Sri Lanka in Colombo by the end of day 3. The day began with Pakistan trailing Sri Lanka's first-innings total by 21 runs, but by the end of it, they got an outstanding lead of 397 runs with the help of their batter's strong display of batting.
The hero of the day was Abdullah Shafique, who silenced his critics in the most emphatic fashion with a maiden double century. He scored a brilliant 201 off 326 balls with the help of 19 fours and four sixes as his inning completely left Sri Lankan bowlers helpless. His superb knock came to an end when he was dismissed by the left-arm spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya.
Not to be outdone, Agha Salman played a blinder of an innings, notching up a rapid century (unbeaten 132 off 148) and steering Pakistan's position from fantastic to utterly domineering. Salman's aggressive yet composed approach to batting further demoralized the Sri Lankan bowling attack.
Earlier, Sarfaraz Ahmed had to be substituted due to a possible concussion and Mohammad Rizwan stepped in as a like-for-like replacement and provided solid support to Salman, remaining not out on 37.
Only an extraordinary display of batting and Rain can save Srilanka
With such a formidable lead, it seems highly unlikely that Pakistan will let go of its grip on the match. It will be interesting to see if Pakistan will opt for an overnight declaration to give their bowlers ample time to wrap up the Sri Lankan batting lineup. However, rain forecasts raise concerns about the match's continuity, leaving fans hoping that the weather is kind enough to let the game continue without interruptions.
Day three totally belonged to Pakistan, and they clearly signaled their intentions to claim victory. For Sri Lanka, it is a daunting task ahead, and only some grit with the bat and weather support can save them from defeat now.
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